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Today we say, "So long, farewell, au revoir, auf Wiedershen, adieu, goodbye," to our Foreign Language and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Greg Estes, who dedicated an outstanding 34 years of his life to serving Dayton Metro Library patrons, barely missing a day of work.

Greg started his career in the Industry and Science Division, which later merged with two other departments into the Adult Services Division of today. He saw the transition to a digital library catalog in the late 1980s, the introduction of the internet to staff in the mid-1990s, the Main Library remodel in the late 1990s, and the first patron computers with internet access.

He remembers being impressed the first time he logged onto a computer in college and saw the words "Hello, Greg."

We already miss him, but wish him beaucoup success in retirement! https://facebook.com/DaytonMetroLibr…
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Get Outside Book Club Kick-Off Party!
Today at Vandalia (1:00 PM)
Join Dayton Metro Library and Five Rivers MetroParks for nature stories and outd…

Grants 101
Today at Belmont (2:00 PM)
Are you a new Development Professional or a nonprofit staff person charged wit…

One on One Computer Classes
Today at Madden Hills (2:00 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Talk Tables
Today at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Want to practice your English conversation skills with a friendly face at the Li…

Teen Afterschool Meetup
Today at Vandalia (3:00 PM)
Catch-up and collaborate with friends, play games, make crafts, and get homework…

Teen Library Council
Today at W. Carrollton (3:00 PM)
Come and join the Teen Library Council (TLC). The Teen Library Council meets to …

One on One Computer Classes
Today at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Coloring Fun!
Tomorrow at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Coloring or activity sheets are available daily in the children's room.  We…

Job Seekers- Resumes That Get Attention
Tomorrow at Miami Twp. (8:30 AM)
Presenting yourself well on paper can be a big challenge for job seekers.  …

Afternoon Book Club
Tomorrow at Vandalia (1:30 PM)
Stop in for some lively discussion, snacks and fun!  Books will be availabl…

Email Basics for Senior Citizens
Tomorrow at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Whether applying for a job online or just keeping in touch with family, having a…

One on One Computer Classes
Tomorrow at Madden Hills (2:00 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Instant Recess
Tomorrow at Brookville (3:00 PM)
Refresh, rejuvenate and just have fun with a 10 minute break to stretch your mus…

Teen Anime Club
Tomorrow at Brookville (3:00 PM)
Come hang with us otaku-style! Watch an assortment of anime, learn about Japanes…

Tween Gaming Time
Tomorrow at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come in after school and play the Wii U with your friends!  A special time …

Videogames!!!
Tomorrow at Vandalia (3:00 PM)
Choose from Wii games, or go retro with (original!) Nintendo and Super Nintendo …

Perler Bead Fun!
Tomorrow at Kettering (3:30 PM)
Perler beads are plastic fusible beads. These colorful beads are usually arrange…

One on One Computer Classes
Tomorrow at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
? Computer & Mouse Basics? Internet & Email Basics? Getting the most out…

Crafternoon
Tomorrow at Burkhardt (3:30 PM)
Enjoy a unique craft that's different every month. …

Three Thursdays Gaming
Tomorrow at Miami Twp. (3:30 PM)
Three Thursdays for three months, September, October, and November, teens will h…

Nerdfighter Night
Tomorrow at Belmont (4:00 PM)
Join Nerdfighters on the first Thursday of the month to make the world a better …

Teen Gaming
Tomorrow at Northwest (4:00 PM)
Come and game at the new Northwest library. Video games, card games, and board g…

Totally Tween Thursday!
Tomorrow at EC Doren (4:00 PM)
For grades 3-6, come hang out at the Library and talk about new books and movies…

Are Animals Like Us?
Tomorrow at Trotwood (4:30 PM)
Learn about nature and our wild animal friends. A presenter from Five Rivers Met…

Teen Hangout
Tomorrow at Miamisburg (4:30 PM)
Our meeting room is reserved every Thursday as a place for teens to hangout.Tabl…

The Dayton Metro Library's Website & Catalog
Tomorrow at Northmont (6:30 PM)
An introduction to the Dayton Metro Library website and online catalog, part dem…

Toddler Storytime
Tomorrow at Northwest (6:30 PM)
Join us for nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and stories, all to encourage ea…

Pizza, Pop & Plots
Tomorrow at Wilmington (7:00 PM)
Each month we choose a book, read it, and then gather for pizza, goofing off, an…

Coloring Fun!
Friday at Northwest (12:00 AM)
Coloring or activity sheets are available daily in the children's room.  We…

Klymaxx Funk Band Meet + Greet
Friday at Northwest (10:00 AM)
TheFunkCenter is hosting a meet-and-greet and autograph session with Klymaxx, th…

           

Dayton Metro Library Selects Architects

The Dayton Metro Library has selected the Dayton Design Collaborative – a partnership among LWC, Levin Porter, and Ruetschle – to be the Architect of Record for the first segment of its facilities plan. These three local firms will work with Group 4 Architecture, a national firm with extensive library experience, to design five distinct facilities. The first five projects are: renovate and expand the Main Library downtown; build a new neighborhood library in Northwest Dayton that will be the largest branch in the system; renovate and expand the Miami Township branch; renovate the historic E.C. Doren branch; and establish an operations center to reduce costs by moving support functions out of the Main Library.

Four other firms were pre-qualified for consideration for the 13 projects slated for the remaining three segments of the facilities plan:

  • Bostwick Design Partnership with APP Architecture
  • HBM Architects
  • John Poe Architects and Annette Miller Architects
  • Matrix/Moody-Nolan

"When interviewing the finalists we wanted to be certain the firms selected really understood the special mission of a library," said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library Executive Director. "These cannot just be attractive buildings. They must also be functional, cost effective, and lasting," he said.

The firms were selected by a committee comprised of members of the Dayton Metro Library Board of Trustees and senior library staff after reviewing proposals received through an open Request for Qualifications process. The RFQ specified a team approach to ensure that the project will be designed by professionals with a strong local presence and proven expertise creating libraries for 21st century needs. The Architect of Record had to be a Montgomery County firm, and proposals were scored on the quality and capacity of the local firm. Other selection criteria included documented experience creating inspiring library designs, quality of supporting consultants, experience with Main libraries, and the ability to design all projects in the initial segment.

"We are excited about the capabilities and vision the selected firms will bring to the process to transform our libraries to meet the current and future needs of our community," said Kambitsch.

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